Here We Go: Norwegian Methodist Church Apologizes to LGBT Community for Its ‘Condemning Attitudes and Actions’

At the annual conference in 2019, the Methodist Church in Norway decided that the faith community should start a process on a path towards an inclusive view of human sexuality. / Photo: Ingunn Marie Ruud, KPK

On 21 December, 2020, this historic statement was published on the Methodist Church’s website: “The Methodist Church in Norway admits and apologizes for the condemning attitudes and actions that have inflicted insults, harm and suffering on LGBT+ people instead of dignity”.

It added: “This is contrary to the gospel of God’s unconditional grace and love. Every human being is created in the image of God and loved by God”. [translated from Norwegian by KPK]

The apology has been formulated by the main board of the Methodist Church in Norway after the Annual Conference decided that such a statement was appropriate.

The head of the main board, Audun Westad, told the Methodist Church’s magazine Brobyggeren that it is with sorrow that they acknowledge that they as a church have hurt others.

“We have not been able to offer the security people should be able to expect”, he said. “Therefore, it is necessary that we as a church just take a stand on this and sincerely apologize and forgive”.

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SOURCE: Evangelical Focus, Kristelig Pressekontor

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